Congressman Adam Clayton Powell at a rally

The Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library’s Archives Research Center is presenting a display honoring Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.’s life and legacy.

Powell was not only Representative to the United States House for Harlem (1945-1971), but also the pastor of the largest Protestant congregation in the country: Abyssinian Baptist Church. He was the first African-American congressman from New York, and during his tenure in the House, he was instrumental in passing important social justice legislation.

The display includes original correspondence from Powell, his books, memorabilia and photographs, including a photograph of Powell and Malcolm X at Abyssinian Baptist Church. The Archives Research Center holds materials on Powell in many of its collections, including the Lemoine Deleaver Pierce Papers; the Morehouse Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection; and the Countee Cullen-Harold Jackman Memorial Collection.

The exhibit will be on display through December 14, 2012. Contact or 404-978-2052 for more information. The Archives Research Center is located on the upper level of the library at 111 James P. Brawley Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30314.

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